Navy SEAL killed in training accident

A Navy SEAL has died and another was injured when they collided in midair during parachute training in southern Arizona, authorities said.

The names of the two SEALs, both from an East Coast Naval Special Warfare Unit, weren’t immediately released and military officials said the accident was under investigation.

The Department of Defense said a senior chief was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, where he was pronounced dead. The other SEAL — a petty officer first class — was in stable condition at the same hospital.

U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Kenneth McGraw said the SEALs were practicing “routine military free-fall training” when the accident occurred Thursday afternoon in rugged terrain northeast of Tuscon.

— Associated Press

Health secretary resigns amid probes

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s health secretary, Bruce Greenstein, is resigning amid ongoing state and federal probes into the awarding of a Medicaid contract to a company where Greenstein once worked.

The Jindal administration canceled the nearly $200 million state contract with CNSI, based in Gaithersburg, last week after details leaked of a federal grand jury subpoena involving the contract.

When the contract was awarded two years ago, Greenstein denied any involvement in the selection. But he acknowledged that a change he pushed in the bid solicitation made CNSI eligible.

— Associated Press

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9/11 site debris to be checked for remains

Construction debris from the World Trade Center site will be sifted for any human remains from the 9/11 terrorist attacks starting Monday.

Deputy New York Mayor Cas Holloway said in a memo Friday that DNA testing will continue until every possible identification can be made. The sifting is expected to continue for about 10 weeks on Staten Island.

City officials say about 60 truckloads of construction debris have been collected around the site over the past 2½ years.

About 2,750 people died at the World Trade Center in the 2001 attacks. So far, 1,634 people have been identified.

The chief medical examiner’s office is leading the operation. It has identified 34 victims and 2,345 possible human remains of previously identified victims since 2006.

— Associated Press

Zumba instructor pleads guilty to prostitution: Alexis Wright, 30, who was accused of using her Zumba fitness studio in Kennebunk, Maine, as a front for prostitution pleaded guilty Friday to 20 counts, including tax evasion and theft by deception. Wright, who was originally charged with 106 misdemeanor counts, kept detailed records indicating she made $150,000 over an 18-month period. She was also accused of using a hidden camera to record sex acts without her clients’ knowledge. Prosecutors will recommend a jail sentence of 10 months when she’s sentenced on May 31.

Expelled lawmaker arrested: A disgraced Nevada politician who just hours earlier had been expelled from the State Assembly in an unprecedented vote was arrested outside Barstow, Calif., after a high-speed chase with police.

Steven Brooks was being held Friday on charges that included resisting arrest and throwing objects. His arrest came after state lawmakers in Carson City, Nev., voted to remove him from office, calling him “potentially dangerous.”

Officials say Brooks, 41, was arrested about 7 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 15. He was taken to the San Bernardino County Jail in Rancho Cucamonga, where he was being held on $100,000 bail. Authorities said it was unclear why Brooks was in California.

— From news services